Local Service Application

You can download our local service application by selecting the following link below.
Communications App

Local Service

You have requested new service with La Ward Telephone Exchange, Inc. A letter of credit or deposit of $50 will be necessary to establish service. Once you have established good credit with us (12 months), your deposit will be returned plus interest.

The following is a breakdown of the possible installation costs:
Rates Effective 5/1/11
Installation charges: (One Time Charges) Total
Access Line Charge $30.00
Primary Service Order $25.00
Central Office Fee $15.00
Premise Visit (If Applicable) $40.00
Phone Jack (Upon Request) $7.00
Inside Wireing (Upon request - up to 100') $10.00
Total Possible Installation Charges $127.00
Standard Monthly Service (No Long Distance or Taxes included) $23.50

Basic Local Service Charges

LINE ACCESS - LaWard Telephone's charge for unlimited station-to-station calling within the exchange and acces to the long distance network, operator services, directory assistance, business office, Relay Texas, etc.

EXT LOCAL CALLING - Expands rural customers' local calling scopes by allowing them to call additional exchanges by paying a flat fee, rather than incur long-distance charges assessed on a per-minut basis. The maximum fee is $3.50 per month for a residential line (up to five exchanges) and $7.00 per month for a business line. This fee may increase by $1.50 for each additional exchange over five. Created by: Public Utility Regulatory Act, Section 55.048; Texas Legislature, in 1993.

END-USER ACCESS CHARGE - To recover interstate costs associated with the local loop tht is not recovered elsewhere. The Subscriber Line Charge (SLC) and the Pre-subscribed Interstate Carrier Charge (PICC) were combined by the FCC effective July 2000 under the name SLC. The SLC is currently $6.50. Created by: Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 69.152; United State Congress via the Federal rate structure following the divestiture of the regional Bell operations companies from AT&T. Updated: Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 69.104, 69.153, & 69.154; United States Congress via the FCC, effective January 1, 1998.

911 - This fee funds the provisions of 9-1-1 emergency telecommunications services. The state 9-1-1 advisory commission sets this fee. The fee, which is based on the cost of providing 9-1-1 service in the region in which the customer is located, may not exceed $.50 per month for each local telephone line. The fee must be stated separately on the customer's bill. the PUC must review the establishment of the fee. Local telephone companies must collect the fee from their customers, and then remit those amounts to the relevant regional planning commission or other designated public agency. The amount collected pursuant to the fee can be spent only in the region in which it is collected. Revenues may also be appropriated to the emergency medical services and trauma care system fund.
Created by: Texas Health & Safety Code, Section 771.071; Texas Legislature, in 1987.

TEXAS UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND - The TUSF allows affordable service to high-cost rural customer, funds the Relay Texas and Specialized Telecommunications Assistance programs for the hearing-disabled, and funds telecommunications services discounts to low-income customers (Tel-Assistance and Lifeline). The fee is about 3.6% of taxable communications receipts. The fee must be administrated by all providers of telecommunications services, including wireless, pager, local and long distance telephone companies. Tax-exempt entities do not have to pay the charge.
The largest portion of the TUSF goes to provide assistance to local telephone companies providing service in high-cost rural areas. Other monies are allocated to fund the Relay Texas and specialized equipment programs for the hearing-disabled, and to fund discounts on telecommunications services for low-income customers. At this time, it is estimated that the TUSF for fiscal year (FY) 2001 will total approximately $579,402,000. Of that amount, it is estimated that 90% will be allocated to local telephone companies service high cost and rural customers; 3% to fund discounts to low-income customers; and a little under 3% to fund programs for the hearing-disabled. The remaining percentage pays for administration of the fund.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) is currently conducting proceedings addressing the TUSF. As a result of those proceedings, consistent with state law, increases in the TUSF will be offset by reductions in the access charges that long-distance companies pay to local telephone companies, and by reductions in the toll charges that local telephone companies charge their customers. Long-distance companies must pass through these access charge reductions to their residential customers on a proportionate basis. What services are not subject to this customers; long-distance services not originating and/or terminating in Texas; and tax-exempt entities such as schools and universities.
Created by: Public Utility Regulatory Act, chapter 56; Texas Legislature, in 1987 and 1999; U.S. Congress via the FCC in 1996.